How many years have you been a freelance illustrator?
I’ve been full-time freelance for about two years. I went travelling for eight months after graduation, so after that I worked as a groom for a couple of years to keep myself going until the work started trickling in.
How reliable are you?
Very! I make sure clients know from the start that my work is traditional printmaking, so might take longer than some other mediums if something goes wrong or needs changing, although I’m actually quite speedy. I’ve never missed a dealine!
What can your work be applied to commercially?
I’ve done work for books, editorials, branding, album covers, logo design, I’ve even done some illustrations for a sculptor to carve into stone installations in Rugby.
Who are your top clients?
My favourite job so far was for The Folio Society. I dreamt of illustrating for them when I was at college, so it was great when they turned out to be fantastic to work for too. I also loved working for BBC History Magazine. It’s always fun and I got to immerse myself in Medieval wonderment!
Apart from illustration, what other skills do you have?
I make excellent houmous and I’m surprisingly good at putting up tents.
What’s your favourite sandwich filling?
I love all sandwiches, but if pushed I’d love some grilled haloumi, roasted courgettes, mushrooms and peppers and fresh rocket. A drizzle of tahini and harissa would top it all off nicely. But normally I just have toasted cheese or houmous. Or egg mayonnaise if we’ve got the eggs. Which we usually haven’t.